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October 4, 2009

Flu Season Here Again
(directives from the Diocese)

    A few months ago the church in this diocese decided to take precautions with respect to the H1N1 Flu virus.  We did this by eliminated communion under the species of the Blood of Christ distributed in the cup.  Just a few weeks ago we reinstated the practice of receiving under both species hoping that the “crisis” was over.  Unfortunately, with the coming of autumn which often ushers in the Flu season and the many students going back to school where large numbers of people are congregated making the spread germs much more likely, the concern for the H1N1 flu is back.

    Last week the Director of Public Health Services for the NH Department of HHS strongly recommended that the directives for the prevention of the spread of flu be reinstituted ASAP until further notice (at least until the end of the cold and flu season).  The directives sent out to every parish of the diocese are the following.

The Sign of Peace:  the faithful are encouraged to share a meaningful Sign of Peace without touching hands or kissing unless they choose to do so with members of one’s immediate family.  We all know that germs are mainly transmitted through our hands this practice is very important.

Receiving Communion: 
l. The faithful are strongly urged to receive Communion in their hands, and not on their tongue.  Person who receive on the tongue by necessity (i.e. because of a disability),  should present themselves at the end of the communion line and the priest or minister should wash his or her hands immediately thereafter.

2. The cup is not to be shared with the faithful at Communion time.  Communion is only to be given in the species of the consecrated bread. 

3. Persons who have Celiac Disease and can only receive Communion form the cup, should be allowed to make the choice as to whether or not they are comfortable receiving from the cup and if they are, a simple means of allowing them to receive from the cup should be planned.  These individuals must inform the priest before Mass begins.

Good Hygiene:
l.  Priests, deacons, and Eucharistic ministers of Holy Communion are especially reminded of the need to practice good hygiene.  Ministers of Communion are    encouraged to wash their hands before Mass or to use an alcohol-based antibacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion. 

2. Greeters and ushers should use verbal greetings only and not shake hands with  parishioners if they have the practice of doing so.

3. Parishioners who are ill with the flu should stay at home and refrain from attendance at Church celebrations until fully recovered.